Race to Victory (2020): S01E03 – Victory at any Cost


Introduction

This series reveals how and why the central alliance between Great Britain, the United States and The Soviet Union was formed leading into World War II.

Outline

On 13 April 1943, mass graves filled with the corpses of more than 4,000 Polish military officers are discovered by German forces. We now know that these were not the victims of Hitler’s Holocaust but evidence of the Soviet-Union’s brutal takeover of Poland in 1939. However, Stalin denies any involvement, claiming the Nazi’s have killed the victims themselves.

The USSR was taking the brunt of the German attack in the East. The Siege of Leningrad was causing hundreds of thousands of Russians to starve to death. The siege lasted nearly 900 days, whilst Nazi shelling and bombing of the city continued. More than 750,000 people died, between a quarter and a third of Leningrad’s pre-siege population. It was the greatest loss of life experienced by a modern city.

In June 1940, the North African Campaign had begun and the fight between the Allies and Axis Powers there would last for three years. In 1942, thousands of British and American forces landed on the west coast of North Africa, leading to the surrender of all remaining Axis troops in Tunisia in May 1943 and successfully ending Fascist control of any part of Africa.

On the Eastern Front, Soviet forces had been fighting the Nazis not only in Leningrad but also in Stalingrad, resulting in a huge loss of life. Stalingrad is considered to be the greatest and most brutal battles of the entire conflict. It took five months of fighting before Soviet forces were able to drive the Germans out of the city.

In the Pacific, American forces entered into long difficult battles against Japan with the Battle of Guadalcanal and the Battle of Midway, putting a huge strain on their resources and men, before emerging victorious.
These successes were all taking the Allies in the right direction for a final victory. But what would the response of Roosevelt and Churchill be to the horrific revelations of the Katyn Massacre? And how would this affect their alliance with Stalin?

Race to Victory Series

You can find a full index of Race to Victory here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 22 May 2020.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes (with adverts).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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